College-FAFSA-Grants-Scholarships

From the Facebook page of Ancilla College

FRAUD WARNING! 

You will not get a $5,000 "scholarship" from a phone call. Never share your credit card information over the phone, no matter how official they sound. This is a scam.

No one should ever request your personal or credit card information over the phone for any financial aid reason. Do NOT provide information to anyone posing as a financial aid or financial services representative.

9/1/2017 Deadline Starke County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

posted Aug 11, 2017, 1:42 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholars program (LECS) are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, government, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state. With this purpose in mind, the Starke County Community Foundation scholarship committee seeks candidates who exhibit the ability to succeed at the post-secondary level, who show potential in their chosen field of study, and who exhibit potential as a future leader.

The program will provide one scholarship for full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis, leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private college/university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Scholarship recipient is to be known as a Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Student must be a Starke County high school senior, graduating by the end of June 2018, with a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school.
  • Student must be accepted for a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana. Home schooled students are not eligible to apply.
  • Student must be a current Starke County resident.

Selection Process
1. Applications will be "blinded" and then reviewed by the Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Committee, comprised of select members of the Starke County Community Foundation and citizens of Starke County. 
2. From the pool of “blinded” applications, the Community Foundation Scholarship Committee will select Finalists for the Final Phase of the Nomination Process.
3. All Finalists will write an impromptu essay (not to exceed 300 words) and participate in an oral interview process.
4. The Scholarship Committee will nominate one recipient and two alternates for one full tuition scholarship. 
5. A separate, statewide committee, appointed by Independent Colleges of Indiana, will make the final selection of all recipients in accordance with the criteria and procedures consistent with applicable law and the overall goals of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

Scoring Process
Scoring Process: The Starke County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Committee uses a scoring process that is based on the following criteria each of which is weighted as listed:

First Phase of the Nomination Process 100 Points Possible:
 Academic Performance-Weight 40%, Work Experience-Weight: 10%, School Activities-Weight: 10%, Community/Volunteer/Church activities-Weight: 10%, Honors, Awards &/Or Any Recognitions (School & Community)-Weight: 5%, Essay (Short Essay)-Weight: 10%, Application Essay-Weight: 15%
Second Phase of the Nomination Process for Finalists 100 Points Possible: Impromptu Essay-Weight 30%, Interview-Weight 60%, Letter of Recommendation 10%

HOW TO APPLY:
Click on the "Upload the Application Button" below or towards the top of the page to take you to the online scholarship application then follow the instructions provided in the application. The deadline for the application, all required attachments and recommendation forms is September 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm CT.

HELPFUL HINTS:

  • Before you apply, gather all required documents.  The following documents must be uploaded to your application and formatted as a .pdf with the exception of the photo which must be formatted as a jpg.
  • A high quality photo of yourself from your shoulders up.  Your junior yearbook photo works great!
  • Letters of Recommendation:  Seriously consider whom you will ask to submit your letter of recommendation. Choose someone who knows you well enough to write a letter. You will need one letter of recommendation that describes what sets you apart from your peers.  You will enter your recommenders’ email address. They will be contacted via the online system to provide a letter of recommendation.   Please note that we DO NOT accept recommendation letters.  Your references must complete an online recommendation form.  Letters of recommendation are due September 1 at 2:00 pm CT.
  • Start Early!  Begin filling out your application early, including inputting names and email addresses for your references.  By doing so, you give your references ample time to submit a recommendation form on your behalf.  If you wait until the deadline or near the deadline, your references may not be able to get their recommendation submitted in time which will make your application incomplete.
  • Keep record of your work, community service and extracurricular activities.  Your ability to demonstrate that you have invested your time wisely and for the benefit of others is meaningful to scholarship committees. 
  • Spend time on your essays.  These are what can set you apart from others and gives insight to the scholarship committee about you!
  • Follow deadlines. Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application:  September 1,  @ 2:00 pm CT

QUESTIONS?  Contact NICF Scholarship Coordinator Alison Hyde at 574-223-2227, toll free at 1-877-432-6423 or email alison@nicf.org

Resources for College (FAFSA & Others)

posted Sep 9, 2016, 12:57 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 1:01 PM ]

GOVERNMENTAL

FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid (An office of the U.S. Department of Education)

Federal Student Aid - Minds can achieve anything. We make sure they get to college.  At Federal Student Aid, we make it easier to get money for higher education.

Financial Aid Toolkit - Help students and parents prepare for college or career school.  The Financial Aid Toolkit provides federal student aid information and outreach tools for counselors, college access professionals, nonprofit mentors, and others.

Has Your School Closed? Here's What To Do. - If your college or career/trade school closed while you were enrolled, or soon after you withdrew, we can help. For each school listed, we’ve provided information outlining options such as:
  • transferring to another school,
  • obtaining your academic transcripts,
  • determining whether you qualify for a discharge of your federal student loans (and how to apply for a discharge), and
  • contacting your loan servicer for assistance.
Home Room - The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education.  There are countless ads online from companies offering to help you manage your student loan debt…for a fee, of course. But, did you know that you can get help with your student loans for free?  If you’re a federal student loan borrower, the U.S. Department of Education provides free assistance to help:
  • Lower Your Monthly Payment;
  • Consolidate Your Loans;
  • See If You Qualify For Loan Forgiveness; and
  • Get Out of Default 
Indiana Career Explorer - Whether you're an adult looking for a new career or a student trying to figure out career and college options, this powerful online tool provides all the career and educational resources you will need to make it happen for you.

JAG - Jobs for Americas Graduates - Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a state-based, national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk. JAG's mission is to keep young people in school through graduation and provide work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities, or to enroll in a postsecondary institution that leads to a rewarding career.


ORGANIZATIONS: 

Affordable Colleges Online - Many of America's top colleges have launched online degree programs. Investments in technology have allowed colleges to create affordable and flexible programs for students. Online classes have significantly improved over the past 10 years and are more respected and accepted by top academics

Big Future -  Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Job Outlook for Medical Assistants - If you’re thinking of training to be a medical assistant, this could be a great career path to follow. The team at MedicalAssistantDegrees.net has done some research into recent trends and changes in the healthcare field and examined the implications for medical assistants in 2016 and over the next few years.

On Line College Datebase - The College Database has updated tuition, enrollment, and accreditation data to ensure readers have the best and most reliable information out there.  While this link is set up to take you to Indiana colleges, you can easily find information for every state. 

Private Student Loans Guide - There are two types of educational loans—federal and private. Each of these have their own perks and downfalls but both can help students and their families pay for their higher education. It is important to understand both before determining which is best for you. 

RN to BSN - In pursuit of their nursing degree, every nursing student will be financially and mentally challenged. Our Online RN to BSN section seeks to help current and prospective nurses understand and explore the best online RN to BSN programs.

Weird Scholarships - Weird Scholarships was founded by college students, for college students.  It is dedicated to helping students reduce the costs of higher education through unique, and sometimes weird scholarships. All of the scholarship guides created on this website are property of Weird Scholarships.


COMMERCIAL:

Affordable Colleges - Our mission is to help you earn your degree without taking on thousands of dollars in debt. Our site is a free resource designed to help everyone address the costs of college while pursuing their goals. We can show you the path to a reasonably priced higher education.

Affordable Online Colleges - More than ever before, students are choosing to attend college online. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than two million college students are enrolled in entirely online degree programs. 

Affordable RN to BSN Online - If you’re already a registered nurse but interested in expanding your career options, an RN to BSN online program is a practical option that allows you to continue working in healthcare while simultaneously gaining the skills to advance your career. The schools on this list offer some of the top online RN to BSN programs in the country, giving you a quality education that will increase your earnings potential without exorbitant tuition costs.

BestColleges.com - We seek to empower students by providing the information needed to make informed higher education decisions. Through proprietary research, we build user-friendly guides and rankings that lead students of all ages on their personal path to a college degree. We are dedicated to helping students find the school that best meets their needs.

Best Scholarship Search Platforms - Scholarships are one of the best ways to reduce growing college costs and scholarship search platforms exist to help students find the most relevant ones. These platforms compile large databases of available scholarships and provide filters to allow students to maximize their searches.

Chegg - Began as a student job and textbook-trading website but today has great student resources and loads of scholarship resources to search though.

CollegeNet -   Use CollegeNET's five key internet admissions services to help yourself get into college and change the world.

EduTrek -  A comprehensive and neutral college search engine; information on test prep, dates, etc., for ACT, SAT, GRE, & LSAT.

FastWeb - Maybe the biggest of these sites, with over a billion dollars in scholarships listed. Fastweb is an acronym for Financial Aid Search Through the WEB.

Homeless and low income student resources - Tuition is often a major obstacle to low-income students, but it is not the only significant cost. Housing, meals, transportation, textbooks and school supplies, and health care also must be managed. Fortunately, there are many resources available to defray costs for low-income students.

Indiana Master's in Education Degree Programs - A guide to M.ED and MAT degrees in Indiana. 

Indiana Teaching Degrees & Programs - There are several online teaching programs at universities in Indiana, including Master of Arts programs in both elementary and secondary education, as well as an online Transition to Teaching (T2T) certificate program that can help a bachelor degree holder earn a teaching degree by completing online courses and a 10-week teaching experience. The MAT program at Ball State University is also offered 100% online.

Nursing Degree Guide - What once could be obtained with two years of school now requires four years at minimum, making the choice to return to school a popular choice for associate’s level nurses. RN to BSN programs provide an outlet for current associate’s level nurses to gain a higher degree.

Rn to BSN Programs - Online RN to BSN programs are common in the nursing industry, and are designed specifically for current Registered Nurses that are employed now, but want to get their BSN for career advancement opportunities and other benefits.

RN to BSN DegreeThe RN-to-BSN degree is a response to the call for more educated nurses. While ADNs were the norm for many years, the BSN is becoming more common—and sometimes required—as efficiency and improvements in healthcare are needed.

Tuck Sleep Scholarships - Many scholarships today are geared toward specific candidates, including those who struggle with sleep-related issues. Some of these awards target sleep-deprived individuals, while others are available to students pursuing degrees in sleep science and other areas of psychology and mental health.

SmartScholar - Whether you’re a student or a parent, it’s important to go in with eyes wide open and to consult only trustworthy resources in your research. Use the trusted sites in this guide to help you navigate the FAFSA and the world of federal student aid.

Universities.com - An online college prep resource providing university rankings, tuition costs and in depth information on more than 8,000 colleges and universities.  They also publish numerous guides and articles on everything from campus safety to choosing the right major. 

Reference & Resources

posted Jun 8, 2016, 2:29 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:41 AM ]

Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

Math TV - From Basic Math to Calculus, this site offers videos to help you when you have questions. 

NYPL Digital Collections - Writing a paper and need information?  Explore 679,735 items digitized from The New York Public Library's collections.  This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.

Smarthistory - Smarthistory is a leading resource for the study of art and cultural heritage. Our growing collection of videos and essays are designed to be engaging and conversational and cover art that ranges from the paleolithic to the present. 

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